GAMA's Pete Bunce used a visit to a general aviation rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to urge attendees to tell President Obama to stop picking on their customers and give more support to a business they say boosts the economy and U.S. jobs, reports Forbes
. "Tell him, this industry is important. It needs to be supported," he says.
Europe has more than 3,000 airports, but only 10% of them are served by scheduled flights, says a new report by jet booker PrivateFly.com and reported in The Weekly of Business Aviation
(subscribers only). The company lists the top 10 busiest European airports that serve business aircraft, including: Paris LeBourget, Geneva, Nice, London Luton and Rome.
Michigan's Sheboygan County Board has approved a $1 million forgivable loan for manufacturer Morgan Aircraft, reports the Sheboygan Press
. The money will be used to develop a facility to build vertical take-off and landing aircraft.
The U.K.'s Telegraph
profiles Gabriella Somerville, founder of business aviation broker ConnectJets. “We adapted to the climate. Owners needed to leverage [unused] hours, desperate people needed to sell their fractions and companies who wanted to cut travel spend asked us how they could do it. In that respect, it was the perfect time.” Silicon India News
profiles billionaires in the country flying on their private jets. The Taipei Times
writes about how the new Taoyuan International Airport’s business traveler center, scheduled to open next month, is inviting potential customers to sample services offered in the facility.NBAA
highlights the efforts of Manuel (Manny) Garcia, who is trying to convince neighbors of Michigan's Oakland County International Airport (PTK) that business flying is an essential part of the local economy.
Santo Silvestro, owner of Danbury, Conn.-based Business Aviation Center
, is fighting with Danbury Municipal Airport
for permission to build 27 new hangars at the facility, reports the New Times
. "I just don't understand it," he said. "The city wants more revenue from the airport, and we are willing to move forward on a deal that will help them do that."
reports the Pre-owned Market Changes for Week Ending 8/12/11. FAA does not want to limit use of iPads by general aviation pilots, reports AOPA Online